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sever

[sev-er] /ˈsɛv ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
2.
to divide into parts, especially forcibly; cleave.
3.
to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
4.
Law. to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
5.
to distinguish; discriminate between.
verb (used without object)
6.
to become separated from each other; become divided into parts.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English severen < Middle French sev(e)rer to separate
Related forms
half-severed, adjective
unsevered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half-severed

sever

/ˈsɛvə/
verb
1.
to put or be put apart; separate
2.
to divide or be divided into parts
3.
(transitive) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
Word Origin
C14 severen, from Old French severer, from Latin sēparāre to separate
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Word Origin and History for half-severed

sever

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French severer, Old French sevrer "to separate" (12c., later in French restricted to "to wean," i.e. "to separare from the mother"), from Vulgar Latin *seperare, from Latin separare "to separate" (see separate (v.)).

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